pokemon and pregnancyAre you a fan of Pokémon (short for Pocket Monsters)? Like me, maybe you are not! But I’m sure you’ve seen your friends or family members whom are deeply indulged in the game. You must be wondering why this “Pokémon Go” phenomenon keeps growing all around the world!

This new game has dominated social media feeds, news bulletin, local iconic places and neighbourhood for the past couple of weeks. Much to my surprise, there are actually more adults addicted to the game than children. I’m sure many babies are having their routines interrupted by pesky little monsters!

In case you haven’t heard, the game blends gaming with real life. It uses Global Positioning System (GPS) information to help players find Pokémon . You would need head outside and search for designated areas called, called Poke Stops,  to catch as many Pokémon as possible (there are 147 of them). It is quite addictive and has taken the world by storm. You’ll see players often end up congregated together in search to find a Pokémon . Interestingly, there is a trend in the United States where parents name their babies after Pokémon characters.

I personally feel that this game is just a waste of time as it doesn’t help me to earn a living. Moreover, there are potential dangers, which includes physical injury, due to distraction if you are glued to your phone and not aware of your surrounding environment. You may also be tempted to trespass a private property or enter an unsafe location.  There are reports in other countries where robbers lured players to and isolated location and rob them.  In addition, the game drains your device’s battery pretty quickly, which may be a concern if the phone is the primary means of getting hold of your kids when they’re out of the house.

Amid the above negative sides of about this game, I do agree that there are some positive sides of the game. The game has successfully encouraged people to step out of their homes. Parents can use this opportunity for family bonding by bringing their kids to explore new places of interest while hunting for Pokémon’s.

If you are stressed during your pregnancy and planning to play Pokémon Go to distress yourself, here are some tips:

1) Stay alert and be aware of your surrounding environment at all times to prevent the risk of falling.

2) Drink more water to prevent dehydration. Remember to grab your water bottle before you start hunting.

3) Wear comfortable sports shoes with thick cushion to support your swollen feet as you might have a difficulty reaching your feet because of that bump.

4) Have your friends or partner to accompany you in case you have contraction or need emergency help.

5)  Rest when you feel tired. Do not exert yourself or baby just to catch Pokémon. I’m sure you want a safe pregnancy!

6) Prepare some snacks to cure hunger in case you’re like an “eating machine”.

7) Visit places that are close to a public toilet. With the weight of your baby riding on your squished bladder, walking around for an extended period of time will only make it worse.

By keeping these tips in mind, I’m sure you would be able to enjoy playing Pokémon while staying safe and comfortable as much as possible. Happy catching with your friends and family.

 

Are you a pregnant Pokemon Go player? What tips do you have to add to this list?